Can you imagine driving and letting go of the steering wheel? It takes a lot of guts and courage to keep your hands off the wheel because you know what might happen. Or can you imagine free falling out of a plane without a parachute? If you find yourself falling into a thick forest, would you try to grab onto the branches to break your fall?
In life, when you get scared or panic, maybe even feel paralyzed, often times you’ll want to take control of a situation. Just like falling into a thick forest, you try to grab onto the branches, but they break. So where is God in all your situations? Are you in control of your life, or do you want God in control? Do you truly trust God with your life or are you more concerned about satisfying your needs and desires instead of waiting for what God wanted?
“Breaking branches” here is a metaphor for breaking things in your life or other lives around you. Instead of being faithful, praying and asking God for direction, you’ve decided to make your own decisions. How do you make your own decisions? I tend to make decisions based on my desires and needs. How about you? When I make decisions, I don’t think of the consequences that lie ahead. That’s when I break branches because I’m not thinking of anyone else.
Whether it’s moving to another city, settling for a job, quitting school, dating someone you know your family won’t like, having another child or even terminating a pregnancy, it affects the lives of those around you. Do you doubt what God is trying to do in your life? Dear friend, take comfort in Joshua 11:6, “But the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid…”
Don’t assume that you know it all. Trust GOD from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for GOD’S voice in everything you do, everywhere you go. He’s the one who will keep you on track.
Proverbs 16:9, “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” We are free enough to be our own person, and yet God is sovereign enough to be God. It’s a beautifully balanced relationship. Trust in Him and be glad that day by day, you’re letting God take control of your life.
Ask yourself, are you free falling or are you breaking branches?
If things haven’t happened yet in your life, it might mean you’re not ready. Maybe things didn’t happen because you’ve been busy breaking branches. A lot of times, it’s the way we handle things which result in why things haven’t happened the way we want. This is the consequence of our sin.
If God is in control, then He’ll know when we’re ready.
Just do what God tells you to do and God will take care of the rest. We shouldn’t measure ourselves up to success in terms of how the world measures success. The world measures success in terms of finances, material gain, often times selfishness, “Dog-Eat-Dog”.
Don’t focus on “Dog-Eat-Dog” mentality. Just do what God tells you to do. If God placed you in school or a certain job, just be obedient and serve and honor Him. It will be God who will create success. But it will be success on His terms, not the world’s terms. The world measures success by the expensive car and house you might own and how much money you earned in a year, while God may measure success by how many people you influenced so that one day they might become saved.
In other words, God values a person’s soul more than their bank account. So keep living for Him, serving Him, and being obedient to Him. Sow the Gospel wherever you go and in whatever you do and He’s the One – He will be the One to reap. (Reap = to obtain, win and harvest)
Romans 8:28-32 “28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
“God calls us, not to success, but to faith-obedience and trust and service—and He bids us to be unconcerned with measuring the merits of our work the way the world does. We are to sow; He will reap as He pleases.”—Charles Colson
Chuck (Charles) Colson was referencing faith in an agricultural sense; sowing the seed in the ground – the seed grows and matures into a plant and bears fruit.
Again, ask yourself this; Are you “Free Falling” or breaking branches?
Receiving Christ – Romans 10:9-13 “9… if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; 13 for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”